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PC3: "Clinician Burnout and Resiliency" Precon Workshop (PM)

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PC3: Clinician Burnout and Resiliency

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM


The landscape of burnout prevention for BHCs is nascent and lacking definitive solutions; however, this workshop will offer strategies drawing upon a growing body of evidence from the physician well-being literature and from diverse fields including neuroscience, compassion research, positive psychology, and mindfulness. The hope for this workshop is raise awareness and open the conversation about why and how clinicians working on the front lines of medicine need to pause and take a dose of the their own medicine. With full recognition that enormous responsibility and need for change rests in the healthcare system as whole, this workshop will focus on individual strategies to promote resiliency regardless of setting and system inefficiencies. The workshop will begin with a review of the burnout literature: prevalence, causes, consequences, and strategies to address burnout (~45 minutes). Both individual and organizational strategies will be reviewed. Mindfulness as it relates to clinician well-being (Mindfulness Practice and Mindful Communication) will be defined and exercises to build the skills of ‘attention’ and ‘noticing’ with regard to one’s internal landscape will be practiced (~60 minutes). The distinction between compassion and empathy will be discussed. The concept of self-compassion will be presented and formally practiced with several experiential exercises (~45 minutes). Strategies for finding and reclaiming the meaning in medicine will be introduced and practiced (~30 minutes). Resiliency will thus be framed as an outcome of self-care, self-compassion and mindfulness practice.


Upon completion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the contributors to and consequences of clinician burnout.

  • Understand the concepts of mindfulness and self-compassion and how they relate to clinician well-being and burnout prevention.

  • Participate in a variety of mindfulness and self-compassion exercises to enhance resiliency and reduce burnout.



    Christine “Tina” Runyan, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor, Behavioral Science Director
Worcester Family Medicine Residency, University of Massachusetts Medical School 


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